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News posted on Monday, 25 July 2016

Casella Family Brands swoops on a McLaren Vale vineyard
Griffith-based winemaker Casella Family Brands, owner of ­success story Yellow Tail with its distinctive image of a yellow kangaroo on the bottle, has swooped on a McLaren Vale vineyard in the heart of South Australia’s wine country in a $12.4 million deal.

Casella steps in to save Morris of Rutherglen
Historic Australian fortified wine producer Morris of Rutherglen has been bought by Casella Family Brands, saving the brand from potential obscurity. Pernod Ricard, which bought the winery in 1970, confirmed last month its plan to sell off the brand, effectively ending 157 years of winemaking by the Morris family across five generations.

Wine and viticulture industry arrives in Adelaide
MORE THAN 1100 Australian and international wine and viticulture representatives have arrived in Adelaide for five days of major industry events. There’s a big focus on the latest in information and technology across the grape and wine value chain at the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), which incorporates the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) Outlook Conference.

Clare Valley grapegrowers and winemakers to join forces
The Clare Valley Winemakers Inc. and Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association are working towards an alignment of the two bodies, planning to unite as one and create a stronger voice for the region in the next 12 months. The decision to plan to unite came after much discussion from both groups to reach a more cohesive approach, with all members working towards the same overall vision for the region.

The Australian Women in Wine Awards is back for 2016
The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) returns in 2016 to give recognition to and acknowledge the work of women in the Australian wine industry. With statistics indicating that female participation in some areas in Australian wine (notably winemaking and viticulture) remains as low as eight to 10 per cent, the aim of the awards - which were founded in 2015 - is to pursue greater gender diversity and become a driver for change.

A fast guide to slow-drain (anti-siphon) drip line
PC, FR, SD, AS and ND are just some of the product names used by different manufacturers to attribute different drip line functions. To add to complexity, sometimes these acronyms are interchangeable. SD and AS, although being the same feature, can sometimes be a source of misunderstanding when deciding what drip line should be used.

Hunter Valley Wine Tender
Slattery Auctions if offering over 1,500 Cases of Roscrea Estate Wine by tender. The wine was made by a high profile Hunter Valley Establishment and there are three great wines for offer. Listed below are the wine tasting notes and quantities: 2014 Roscrea Estate Verdelho: With grapes collected from the Hillside vineyard at Roscrea homestead, this wine shows fruity notes on the nose with hints of lemon and passionfruit.

Wine industry growth good news for Marlborough vine supplier Ormond Nurseries
Business is picking up for a Marlborough nursery that supplies grape vines to the wine industry after a devastating downturn almost a decade ago. Ormond Nurseries, outside Blenheim, was one of around 35 businesses around New Zealand supplying the industry before the 2008 harvest. General manager Ben Wickham said the huge harvest, which saw speculators swamp the market with bulk wine, dropped prices and killed demand for new plantings.

Bannockburn vineyards unite to produce 'evolutionary' map
Bannockburn vineyards owners have collaborated to produce a vineyard map for their Central Otago sub-region. Felton Road Wines winemaker Blair Walter, who led the project, launched the map at a function at the Bannockburn Hotel and Restaurant on Thursday. The map, with its high level of detail, was a first for New Zealand, he said.

Wine wars: Fury and arson in the vineyards of southern France
A wine war has erupted in southwestern France where angry claims of fraud and skulduggery involving "foreign" grapes have boiled over into violent action in the summer sun. Staff at the Jean Gleizes domain in central Ouveillan, outside Narbonne are still in shock after the wine domain's tasting cellar was set ablaze by unknown assailants earlier this month, leaving it in ruins.

Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec uncork deal to allow online wine purchases
Canada's premiers and territorial leaders have agreed in principle on an internal trade deal they say will help create jobs and improve the economy. "This truly is a historic day," said Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, speaking at the end of a two-day premiers meeting in Whitehorse. It's not clear, however, what will immediately change under the agreement, which will replace an old agreement dating back 23 years.

Scientists claim to ‘re-create Montelena 1973’ with no grapes
A company in San Francisco has claimed it can create wine without using grapes or fermentation - only with molecules. Ava Winery claimed it has created synthetic wine in a laboratory from amino acids, acids, sugars, volatile organics and ethanol. Its co-founders said they decided to begin the project after seeing one of the California wines that won in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting.

Grapegrowers urged to develop technology they need
For about the past three decades, machines have been used increasingly in grape vineyards, doing more tasks that used to be done by hand — from pruning vines to harvesting grapes. But as advanced as this machinery has become, there are still tasks that machines can’t do — or at lease do well — in vineyards.

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